Intelligence assessment with computer simulations

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It has been suggested that computer simulations may be used for intelligence assessment. This study investigates what relationships exist between intelligence and computer-simulated tasks that mimic real-world problem-solving behavior, and discusses design requirements that simulations have to meet in order to be suitable for intelligence assessment. One hundred one participants took a test of inductive reasoning (BIS-K) and used the simulation MultiFlux [Kröner, S. (2001). Intelligenzdiagnostik per Computersimulation [Intelligence Assessment via computer simulation]. Münster: Waxmann.] designed to reduce the uncontrolled influence of prior knowledge, provide an evaluation-free exploration phase, and incorporate measures that are based on a theoretical model of simulation performance. Reliabilities of MultiFlux simulation performance scores were above .90, and the correlation of MultiFlux scores with BIS-K intelligence was, with r = .65 (adjusted r = .75), comparable to typical correlations among traditional intelligence tests. SEM analyses favored our theoretical performance model with three latent MultiFlux variables over a model with a single factor.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)347-368
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 01.07.2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH, Heidelberg, Germany. We would like to thank Markus Bühner of München University for his assistance in the data analysis for this article.